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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:37 pm 
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Hi Debbie,

I would hold off having a TKR as long as you can - They only last finite period of time, and depending on your age (I imagine you being under 40) you would need another in years to come. It used to be refused until you were 60+ as there was a chance of needing two more, one every 10 - 12 years. It is longer, nowadays, and they can do things like replace the cup at the end of the thigh bone which relieves the pain considerably, by all counts - That is what they will do to my right knee if the Severe OsteoArthritis gets worse. I am managing it, as I said, with a TENS machine, which interrupts the nerve messages and relieves the pain considerably. I hardly use any painkillers - just topical anaesthetic cream (Movelat) - or Paracetamol. If it flares up due to the weather, then a couple of strong Co-Dydramol normally last me a day (Codeine high...) as I refuse to use them regularly, much to the GP frustration... I have to know how bad it is, to judge how far I can push it, in my job...

I am 50 now, and have had knee trouble since I was 14. I did too many active sports as a child, and had horses / sailed and swam, then took up martial arts at 16, so pretty much wrecked my knees by the time I was 20! I have had cartilage removed, tendons spliced, clean and polish behind the kneecap, and new tracking grooves, all by arthroscopy, and apart from giving me the arthritis it has seen me to 50 without a TKR.

I will have to have TKR eventually, but as long as I can remain active, it delays the surgery, as there is no alternative once it is done.

Talk to as many people as you can, and see if you can look at the scans / XRays yourself, as they will show you the damage and help you get a clearer picture of what is really going on.

Good luck!
Jo xx


Jo, thanks and thanks for PM too.

I was 53 (yesterday!) but quite fit (well was) and that's what is bothering me as I can't do what I am used to doing. I've decided to pack in jogging which was a very difficult decision as I loved it so much but I don't think hammering away on my knee is going to do me any favours.

I am thinking of taking up cycling but I need to speak to specialist (have appointment now end of April) about that plus many other questions I have.

I don't want a knee replacement sounds awful and I have to weigh up very carefully whether I should keep my knee the way it is now or replace it with an artificial one.

I want to at least be able to carry on walking/hiking and I'm not really sure the way my knee is at the moment I will be able to do this.

Dh took me out shopping on Saturday for Mother's Day and I was shuffling around like my 83 year old mother!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:02 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:05 am 
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Hi Debbie - DEFINITELY GO FOR THE CYCLING - I do loads at work, when it's a bit warmer, with both my knees being completely knackered - It's non-weight bearing and great for mobility.

As it was your birthday - Happy 22nd... LOL! - tell hubby you need a new bike, and make sure you get to try several before settling on a choice. I use an MTB (Cube / Trek) as they do women specific models that relieve the load on your lower back / shoulders as well. Just get it properly fitted, to ensure you can almost fully straighten the legs on a down-stroke, as that is where the damage (if any) would occur in bad knees. You should keep a slight bend, otherwise every turn of the pedal becomes an impact... Too much bend, and your tendons will be straining constantly on the up-stroke. The pedal rotation should effectively push your leg back up for you.

Anyway - take care and good luck.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:13 pm 
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LOL thanks so much for all the birthday wishes 22 if only :mrgreen:

I'm thinking of getting an indoor exercise bike as I have no road sense and can't let go of the handlebars or I just fall off :redface:

Pity as we've got some lovely country lanes around here but saying that they are getting increasingly busy and used as short cuts all the time too.

I do need a new bike though so thanks for all the advice on that!

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